The world's largest LGBTQ+ bartender celebration, the Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic, is back in 2020 for a seventh sensational year as Stoli Serves Pride by honoring the legacy of our gay bars as the original LGBTQ+ community centers and recognizing the Bar Stars who continue to excel today.
This year we're coming to: Dallas, Philadelphia, San Diego, Los Angeles, New York City, New Orleans, Cleveland, Boston, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and of course KEY WEST. Plus, new for 2020 will be a national WILD CARD campaign presented by Out.com, permitting bartenders in cities not included above to apply by video submission to win a spot to represent their city as the official 14th city in the June 1-8 Key West Pride Week Finale.
Sam Benedict, 2019 N. American KWCC Champion
"One of the most incredible experience of my life. It is wonderful to be part of a program like this that celebrates our heritage while creating a powerful platform to empower us to celebrate, educate, and make positive change for the future."
- Sam Benedict
One bartender in each city will win EIGHT DAYS in fabulous Key West for the 2020 Pride Week Finale (r/t airfare, accommodations, and a $575 dollar expense stipend) June 1-8, 2020 with additional chances to win:
Title of 2020 Stoli Key West North American Champion and a $10,000 travel bank with HE Travel (North America's oldest LGBTQ travel agency) to design your own DREAM VACATION anywhere in the world
$15,000 for personally chosen hometown charity (first place) or $5,000 for second place hometown charity. In 2020, $30,000 to be awarded to charity, with $120,000 awarded to date!!!
Honorary Grand Marshall of 2020 Key West Pride Parade
A massive HOMETOWN VICTORY CELEBRATION and charity check presentation ceremony
THEME FOR 2020: THE STOLIMPICS!!!
Just like Stoli's decades of award-winning legacy, the Olympics represent those whose achievements are worthy of the highest recognition and honor. With this year's tour, we strive to discover our very own class of "Stolimpians", who are asked to create an exceptional Stoli cocktail while celebrating the people, places, and things relevant to their city, state, or region who have proven themselves worthy of this caliber.
It could be a person from the bartender's city who made it to Broadway and won a Tony Award. It could be a movie musical set in their hometown that went on to win an Oscar. It could be a brilliant scientist or humanitarian from their state who was handed the Nobel Peace Prize. It could be a charitable organization that has been highly recognized for their work to support the LGBTQ+ community and beyond, a military hero with a Purple Heart, or literally a dedicated athlete who indeed won Olympic gold.
One Bar Star in each city who best presents to this theme onstage while raising his/her/their cocktail shaker of a torch high in the preparation of a medal-worth Stoli cocktail will win a trip to the most coveted finish line in the LGBTQ+ world of bartending, the June 1-8 Key West Pride Week Finale.
Welcome to year 7. Welcome to celebrating YOUR legacy representing the heritage of our gay bars as original community centers and safe spaces. Welcome to demonstrating the exceptional strength and stamina of leadership our heritage bestows upon us as we look ahead to the finish line today. Welcome, future Stolimpians, to the 7th Annual Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic: the STOLIMPICS.
To enter: See your local Stoli representative or visit out.com/keywestcocktailclassic or facebook.com/stolikeywest for more information. E-mail inquiries can be sent to [email protected]. All prizing courtesy of Key West Business Guild. Must be 21+ to compete or attend.